Born in Rome, Passeri is also known for his volume of artists' biographies, or Lives of the painters sculptors, and architects who practiced in Rome, and died between 1641 and 1673, published in 1773.
Passeri became director or president of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, which once had his portrait of Domenichino, now in Florence. He was also the author of Il silenzio, discorso sopra la pittura (Rome, 1670) and La fantasia, discorso accademico (Rome, 1673). These publications are based on Passeri's lectures on art theory, which he delivered between 1662/3 and 1675 at the Accademia di S Luca. Another lecture remained unpublished.
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